Saturday 26 May 2018
One advantage of taking a rest is that the batteries get a chance to recharge and a new feeling of zest replaces the tiredness of trying to do too much.
A feeling of burnout had told its story. It’s a complicated one where the mind is steadfast, refusing to recognise the inner voice of a lifetime of hard work, saying, “enough is enough.” The mind fights the body’s thoughts saying, “when the bastards are gone” not until then will I sleep the sleep that victory brings.
Which brings me to “A dog act in a dog of a week” The Speaker Tony Smith had been told what to do and do it he did. The decision by the Prime Minister, after dismissing all the authoritative material supplied to him by The Speaker and The Australian Electoral Commission decided that the day of the Labor Party’s National Conference would suit just nicely. A 9-week campaign that would milk Labor dry of funds and he could then call a snap election.
The media isn’t giving this the attention it deserves. The ABC doesn’t even give it space in their Friday online edition.
When you are attacking your opposite about his character it doesn’t sit well to be tacky, deceitful, tricky, sneaky and downright disgraceful at the same time.
This decision does nothing more than put yet another nail in the coffin of our democracy and if our populace was smart enough they would see right through it.
If they do it will reflect badly on the Government, and deservedly so. It is simply not cricket. There are two teams playing one is not playing fair.
The trashing of our conventions and institutions by the conservatives must end. Abbott and Turnbull have done enough damage.
Unfortunately, in this case, Labor is not without fault and Shortens assured cockiness over citizenship has not helped but if Turnbull was half the man he pretended to be he would have made a better fist of it in this instance.
Comment of the Week
In response to my piece – Can you trust them? Pauline and the polls?
“I agree with Peter F and not the author as to why the polls are tightening. There is no evidence whatsoever that Shorten has done anything lately to cause this change in figures. And nothing to show why the Coalitions figures should improve. The common denominator in all this is the MEDIA. Tedious but true. The media do not report properly on the dodgy and downright dangerous policies the Liberals are dealing us into. If they report on Labor at all, it’s negatively.”
The Scandal Sheet
1 “It is time that those with the capacity to change laws that might prevent the mass murder of children and refuse to do so were made to account. After all, they are as guilty or as mad, whatever the case, as the perpetrator himself”. JL
2 “Hanson withdraws from private agreements. However, if they give her what she wants who knows.”
3 “David Muir says we should examine other constitutional reform questions. For instance, introduce a casual vacancy system to fill House of Rep’s vacancies. Reduce the number of Senators. We have 12 per state. The USA has 2 per state.”
4 “What on earth do 12 Senators in Tasmania do?” JL
5 “Ms Downer thinks the minimum wage and penalty rates should be abolished.”
6 “Tax cuts are funded from surpluses that may never happen.”
7 “Tend to agree. The budget was about the next election rather than the future. Combined ideology with vote buying. So disappointing.”
8 “Can’t help but notice just how much Turnbull sounds like Abbott now. So totally negative, blaming Labor for everything and that the sky will fall in if Labor comes to power.”
9 “Mind you I have recently been criticised for being negative towards the LNP but honestly, if I tried I would run out of adjectives in 15 seconds.”
10 “Can anyone help me?”
11 “In the upcoming by-elections, Turnbull would have been campaigning on his tax cuts to big business. What will it be now?”
Who do these words refer to?
“He has worked up a lovely public persona: as cultured as Keating but blessed with a kinder sense of humour; as intelligent as Rudd but far from as malevolent. And somehow, with his green-froth-drinking diet success and his endearing leather jackets and business shirts, his Stephen Fry-like adoration of gadgets and mastery of social media, his raffish smile and mellifluous voice, he has formed the perfect personality for most popular, and probably most trusted politician in the nation”.
The Poll Bludger
Essentials two-party gap narrows to its lowest point in 18 months, despite Labor’s tax and budget policies being favoured over the Coalition’s.”
Top Tweets of the week
“PMC officials say total cost for Ruddock religious freedom review around the $600K mark, a few hundred thousand under budget, of which $119K was remuneration and allowances for panellists. Croucher had no base pay cos she’s AHRC prez already.” #auspol #estimates
“In the inalienable rights and freedoms of all peoples; and we work towards a lean government that minimises interference in our daily lives and maximises individual and private sector initiative”
- @LiberalAus “Our Beliefs
“Oh gawd, it’s the Bikies and the CFMEU working together…lol” #auspol #qt
“LNP’s Michelle Landry to face party review after criticising Jane Prentice dumping.”
“Peter Dutton boasts a $650,000 war chest to retain his seat of Dickson. Ali France hasn’t got the money but she has got what it takes to cause a major upset. Follow 👉🏻@alifrance5.”
“@ABCaustralia has put a statement today that @albericie was never found to have confused revenue with profit or that largest cos don’t pay tax, responding to yet another feral piece in @australian.”
“Travel costs of Barnaby Joyce’s partner Vikki Campion won’t be released despite Freedom of Information request 🔥😮
Watchdog for parliamentary expenses is refusing to release information about staff travel relating to Vikki Campion 😠
Best read of the week
The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno
“The delay in naming the day – and let’s face it, the Liberal speaker will make sure he does what the Liberal prime minister judges is in the government’s best interests – is baffling. It certainly didn’t take that long for Barnaby Joyce or John Alexander. Speculation is the polls will be in early July, eight weeks away, as if Turnbull has learnt nothing from the interminably long 2016 campaign that he almost lost.”
1 “That issue has arisen. Why does the AEC not vet dual citizens? Does not have the resources to. Or the authority.”
2 “One of the political journalists said he got a call from a Cabinet minister this week. Who said he believed the Coalition could win the election? There is trouble ahead for Labor. Industrial relations. Asylum seekers.”
3 “True. There are too many Liberal politicians in their thirties who used to work for politicians. For instance 10 per cent of Australians are Asians. There are not 10 percent of Asian Australians in the caucus or the Liberal Party room.”
4 “True. In a dual citizenship case (House of Reps) make the politician pay all expenses. Have a recount system like in the Senate to fill the vacancy. Then they might think twice before doing it.”
5 “The ACTU have done some research, which says half of all workers, will soon be casual workers. So not entitled to any protection if they lose their employment.”
6 “Travel costs re Barnaby’s partner are not being disclosed. On grounds it would put her life at risk. Well I don’t see how. And anyway if the taxpayer pays we have a right to know. If she paid or Barnaby paid then it’s their business – not ours.”
7 “Crossbenchers seem to want to support the Federal government’s tax plan in exchange for a tax on digital companies such as Google etc.”
8 “Dual citizenship prohibition puts us at the whims of other nations. Not true.”
9 “There is more hatred for Senator Wong than for any other politician l have observed in 30 years. Her citizenship status is always questioned.”
10 “True. Catholic church could crucify every priest and it would not be enough for some.”
11 “Richo was saying the federal election likely to be in the final 3 months of this year. He said the Libs have a chance to win government in Victoria. But will be trying to hang on in NSW. When considering everything it is likely to be late this year.”
12 “Chatting away about Newstart. Friend said $17 a day is enough to live on. He said food is cheaper today than in 1994. When we were just coming out of a recession. Today – no recession.”
13 “I don’t think $17 a day is enough to live on. He said that is all expenses paid – rent, telephone, electricity etc. Well unsure about that. Does not sound like it.”
My clown of the week
A toss up between Pauline Hansen, Peter Dutton, the Preachers son and the Prime Minister. I had to give it to Dutton who seems to be completely oblivious to the worth of human life.
My thought for the day
“Why is it we find such compelling reasons to treat each other badly.”